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    September 13, 2010
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that's more than we need. put them all on the phone. they'll be happy. that's it, everybody, see you tomorrow. jenna: hello everybody, hope you're off to a great monday so far, i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott, "happening now", in the top box, live at the white house the president is huddled there with his national security team, afghanistan and pakistan top the agendas the last troops in the surge hit the ground in afghanistan. jenna: in the middle box, eye on igor, brand new information on a monster hurricane that could soon become a cat five storm. where is it head something we have the answer. jon: in the bottom box this guy disappeared nearly seven years ago, snatched from his own back yard. we'll try and get his picture up. you're just going to have to imagine the little guy we're talking b at any rate, he was united with his family.
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how jake finally got that call. jenna: he's a puppy. anyway -- >> jon: we're here in the fox newsroom, where breaking news is coming in from across the country and around the world and sometimes we can get it on the air! the domestic desk covers the u.s. desk, the international desk watching events around the globe and the media desk bringing in the live pictures around the world. jenna: we like things mysterious but at all the time! house minority leader says he's willing to vote for the bush tax plan. it's the only way to extend tax relief for a vast majority of americans, the latest in the war of wars between boehner and the president and showing no signs of cooling down. this morning is a good example of that. james rose sen live in washington. the president is hitting the air waves bright and early to talk about. to talk about, well, more than john boehner. >> reporter: the white house is trying to have sport at boehner's expense.
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boehner, who's stepped up his own profile in the last ten days or so has effectively come around to obama's point of view on the question of whether to extend the bush era tax cuts set to expire at year's end. both the white house and conservatives who position themselves to the right of congressman boehner on this exchange that the representative had with bob schafer on cbs sunday. >> in other words you wouldn't be willing to pass the lower bracket extensions unless you can get the -- if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for them. but i've been making the point now for months that we need to extend all the current rates for all americans. if we want to get our economy going and we want to get jobs in america. >> on the basis of that clip, robert gibbs, white house press secretary, told the cbs show early today we're going to have to see what congressman boehner
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does and says today but i think congressman boehner was fairly clear in outlining his position that the president outlined last week. the detailer caller website, meantime, said that boehner was, quote, going soft on this issue, an aide to boehner said his critics are distort -- distorting his position which is to freeze all tax rates. jenna: "the new york times" is weighing in on mr. boehner over the weekend, talking a little bit about a lobbyist, if we miss that's, fill us in about what the paper of record had to say and why that was reported. >> reporter: the timing was interesting and "the new york times" has written a 1700 word article on sunday alleging that boehner, quote, maintains especially tight ties with a circle of lobbyists and aides representing some of the nation's biggest businesses, an aide told reporters the article was, i'm quoting now, slobby and stupid and a sign that the liberal establishment is threatened by john boehner. certainly the white house has responded to john boehner's a-- attacks and that sense sell elevated him almost on a level or par in
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rhetorical terms with the president by virtue of the fact that on a speech on the economy in cleveland president obama mentions john boehner by name. no fewer than eight times, jenna. jenna: james, appreciate it very much, james rosen for us in, d.c. a big week certainly as congress gets back to work. we have only 50 days until the mid terms. tomorrow we'll be joining you from washington, we've got great guests lined up, democratic congressman chris von -- van holan is one of them, congressman mike pence, third highest ranking republican in the house and a few other surprises on "happening now" tomorrow. jon: right now president obama is meeting with his national security team behind closed doors to discuss the latest developments in afghanistan. the final u.s. combat brigade as part of the president's surge is on the ground right now and assuming control over territory in the volatile eastern part of that nation. wendell goler is live for us at the white house.
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so what's the latest, wendell, on afghanistan there? >> reporter: jon, the president gets a briefing of the situation in afghanistan every morning as part of his daily national security briefing, but at least once a month, he gathers together his entire national security team, the secretary of defense and state, national security adviser, along with the ambassadors to afghanistan and pakistan, and general david petraeus, u.s. commander of forces in the field and others, either here at the white house or other end of the video telecom ference -- telecom ference and they talk about congress and the upcoming issues and top plans today for plans for parliamentary elections in afghanistan next weekend. afghan president hamid karzai says his country's troops are completely ready to handle security for the upcoming elections. the president will want general petraeus' assessment of that. depending upon how well the afghan troops handle
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security, that will be seen as a test of stability before the president conducts a national security review of the situation in afghanistan in december. that review may well determine the pace and scale of the u.s. troop withdrawal that is are supposed to begin in july of 2011. violence in afghanistan, as high as it's been since the start of the war, nearly nine years ago, despite the presence of 150,000 foreign troops in that country, most of them, americans. jon. jon: wendell goler, live for us at the white house, wendell, thanks. jenna. jenna: a fox news alert for you now, another wildfire raging in northern colorado. that fire starting yesterday morning and quickly spreading to cover a square mile. hundreds of residents, fleeing the area. the flames, already destroying at least one home. this new fire is pulling resources from another massive fire near boulder, burning since last week. jon: so does the weather
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forecast offer any hope of getting those fires under control? meteorologist janice dean is in the fox weather center with a look at that. >> reporter: they can't get a break out there, jon scott. jon: they can't. >> reporter: i can't believe the proximity to boulder. let's take a look at the satellite radar over the last 24 hours. we do have cloud cover coming in from the southwest, this is moisture moving into the region but they're just not getting it out in loveland, and it looks like the temperature is going to remain warm. the good news is the winds will be calm, but it's like a tinder box out there, it is so dry, and they're not forecasting any moisture to move into the region. so winds are light, but unfortunately, we're dealing with warm temperatures and very low relative humidity. it's just incredible. they just can't catch a break. they'd love tropical moisture, i'm sure, in colorado. that's the other big story. we're following three systems in the atlantic, this is julia, just formed off the coast of africa, this is of course the
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category four, almost category five storm igor, then we also have a disturbance we're watching in the carribean that could also develop and then perhaps -- and perhaps, perhaps, affect the gulf of mexico. let's zoom in on igor, that's our immediate threat right now. this is an awesome looking storm, this is the strongest type of storm that you see in the atlantic basin, almost a category five, a perfect eye, right there, category five storm would be 156 miles per hour or higher. it's at 150 right now as of the latest advisory as of 11:00. there's igor's path. i put bermuda in there because it looks like this storm could make a bee line for bermuda as a category three this weekend. still a category four, has a small window of opportunity to become a category five, and there's bermuda, of course, the east coast of the u.s. needs to still keep an eye on this storm as we go further out in time. i mentioned julia. that's our newly formed storm off the coast of
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africa, and it looks like julia is going to become a hurricane, but we don't think it's going to affect any land. but igor, bermuda really needs to keep close attention on that storm as it could come very close to a major hurricane this weekend. jon: i'm getting a little tired of hurricane season, janice. >> reporter: and we're still in the peak, jon. not long ago, you said it's been pretty quiet out there! jon: it was at that point. >> we just need to keep those storms away from land. we can have a million of them, just keep them away from land. jon: and bermuda, hang in there, huh? j.d., thanks. >> thanks. jon: fox has you covered across all platform, if you want to track igor or julia, you can do that on our website, log on to foxnews.com/weather. jenna: reports coming into our newsroom right now of a plane crash in venezuela. this according to reuters. it's reporting 47 people were on board when the plane
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crashed. very few details at this time. again, according to reuters, the venezuelan minister is saying this was a state airline, called condiaza, and no word on whether exactly it went down, condition of those on board but according to these reports, 47 people on that plane crash in venezuela. jon. jon: the president's chief economic adviser offering a grim warning, don't expect unemployment to drop significantly any time soon. but is the administration doing everything it can to try to put americans back to work? also, incredible video of the inferno in san bruno, california, a man records that massive fire ball on his cell phone as he is escaping. what was it like to be so close to those flames? the guy who shot this terrifying footage joins us live. we also have an expert to talk about the risk of a gas line explosion, perhaps happening where you live.
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jon: "happening now" around the world, in the top box, the head of the u.n.'s nuclear watchdog agency says iran's barring of inspectors is hampering its work there, but tehran denies the accusation. middle box, deadly riots in guinea, and presidential campaigning there suspended after brawl broke out between rival campaign supporters. one person was killed, 54 others wounded. bottom box, mexican marines capture a reported drug king pin known as el ground, and is one of the country's most wanted fugitives. >> the private sector job growth rate -- i'm going to get to that. >> i don't think the unemployment rate -- unemployment rate will be coming down significantly any time in the near future. jenna: president obama's top economic adviser austan goolsbee offering chris wallace a grim assessment of
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the jobs market. tim geithner says they're key to fixing the economic problems and he blames the previous administration for the crisis. >> it took a long time to create the economic mess that this president inherited, and we know it's going to take more time than any of us would like to put the damage behind us. and we are going to have to keep at it, keep working harder to heal the damage caused by this crisis until we get americans back to work. jon: john candy is senior economic adviser to wayne seat economics. why is it taking so long to get unemployment down? >> i think the major reasons, and it's ironic that geithner did not bring it up, we have a weak dollar. it has to be remembered that treasury is the dollar's mouth piece and he has a point that over this decade the bush administration talked down the dollar, but the sad fact of it is the geithner treasury is doing the same thing and when you devalue money, what you're doing is making investors
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hide. this will no jobs without investment. so as long as the obama administration makes the mistake of talking the dollar down, it's going to be very hard to get the investment necessary to create the jobs. jenna: so the dollar, as you were talking about, when we get into censy exchange rarbgts -- markets and that can get into the details of trading, john, i'm sure you can appreciate, but what we're talking about is politics and it brings up the larger question of whether or not politics is holding up the rove or simply the economy that's holding up the recovery. what's your thoughts on that? >> well, it's always got to be policy. we have to remember as individuals we can only grow, so a great deal of the problem, of course, is washington, through uncertainty about taxes, through regulation, they're making it difficult for business toss expand. all those things make it difficult for businesses to grow. and i find it ironic, also, that both goolsbee, austan goolsbee and tim geithner are calling for higher tax rates on top earning individuals. this goes 100 percent against job creation, and the reason is basic.
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the rich buy deaf -- by virtue of being rich have access to disposable income that they will save and invest and that's how you create jobs, so in calling for higher taxes on the rich, what they're explicitly saying is we want to reduce the wages of the nonrich and for those who don't have jobs, we want to reduce the amount of investable capital that would create the jobs so that they can get off the unemployment line. it's very basic to get people working again. but the obama administration doesn't understand the dollar implications and the tax implications of what they're doing, which are both antijob growth. jenna: here's what the obama administration would say, true the rich have more dispossibly possessable income but the bottom line is they don't spend it as often as the middle class person that might have extra dollars, they also say that it's different giving a tax cut to small business than to someone's income because most businesses do not dough clearly their business profits as a single person but rather as a business, that's why they say that really, we need to cut taxes for small businesses, not
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really focus on the individuals, especially wealthy individuals. >> well, they contradict themselves in both instances. first of all, it has to be remembered that everything we have today is as a result of savings. you don't have cars, you don't have computers, you don't have health care innovations without savings first, and it's the idea that the rich would save their money is a good thing, no act of saving ever detracts from saving from investment when people hold on on to their money, that money is then invested in the companies that want to grow and create jobs and make our lives better. now, about the tax rate, the contradiction there is pretty apparent, most small businesses pay individual income taxes in terms of their profits. the obama administration is basically saying we will take from you with one hand and we will hand it back to you through tax subsidies. in my opinion, it would just be better to reduce taxes were generally so that businesses have the capital to grow. what they're doing is they want to route money through washington to hand it back through to businesses and this never works.
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jenna: jon, appreciate you joining us as all, john tamry is with real politics.com. jon: a fox news alert and live pictures just coming in of a freight train what's derailed in wisconsin. harris is on that story from our breaking news desk. harris. >> this is an area, hagar city, it's just across the minnesota state line with wisconsin. it's near the rather ston, pur ina processing facility for pet food. this is causing havoc right now. they have evacuated homes in hagar city, they were very concerned because the homes are near the lake's gas facility just as a predogs. -- precaution. this thing went every which direction when the train hit. there is some spillage but they haven't said whether or not this is hazardous but they're telling everybody, be careful for electrocution hazards because power lines have been peuld down as this has happened, at least one rail car struck a viaduct.
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hagar city, wisconsin, i'm all over it will bring you new details as it breaks. jenna: the accused underwear bomber will be step going a court but could his lawyers be working on a plea deal? rumors swirling around this man are getting airline passengers steaming mad. this executive former peanut company was blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak two years ago, so you may be shocked to know he's back in the peanut business. how so? peter hurley's son, jake, was one of the kids sickened by the bad peanuts. the two join us live next with their reaction.
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jenna: hi everybody, "happening now" on the crime blotter in the top box, court action for the accused underwear bomber, the judge expected to set a trial date
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on charges he tried to blow up an international flight over detroit last christmas. in the middle box, lawyers for the south carolina woman accused of killing her two toddlers will ask a judge to let her out on bond. she reportedly confessed to swo*or -- smothering her sons, strapping them into their car seats and rolling her car into the river. the bottom box the senate set to open an impeachment trial against a judge taking payoffs and lying under oath, the first impeachment -- impeachment trial since the case against bill clinton. jon: his filth they plants are blamed for a salmonella outbreak that killed two people nine years ago, now that peanut industry person is in the business. stuart parnell is back at work now as a consultant to other peanut companies. a federal criminal investigation is still hanging over his head. oregon congressman greg
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waldon was the ranking republican on the hearing about the outbreak. >> one of the things i'm going to ask to do is ask mr. parnell from the peanut corporation of america is it tp* he'd like to open the product and sample. there are recalled products in here and some that are probably okay now. but lives were lost and people were sickened because they took a chance, and i believe knowingly, shipping products that were contaminated. jon: congressman waldon joinsnous along with peter and jake hurley. peter testified at that hearing, his son, jake, there is one of the kids who got sick. peter, briefly tell us what happened to jake. >> well, back in january of '09, about a year and a half ago, jake got ill, and at the time, we thought it was the flu. and after a couple days, he started having blood in his diarrhea, so we took him to tkr-t and later found out
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from the lab results that he had salmonella poisoning. jon onand obviously he was a very sick little boy for a long time. >> he was sick for 11 days. and we also had an incident at home -- an infant at home at the time and we were very concerned, not -- not sure how anybody got salmonella poisoning, very worried that she could get the poisoning, and it could possibly be deadly for her. jon: congressman waldon, you were on that hearing in which stuart parnell, executive at the center of this story, i guess, refused to testify to congress, right, invoked his fifth amendment right? >> that's correct. yes. he took his fifth amendment rights. jon: just remind us because fox news covered this story at the time but remind us about the conditions at that plant that parnell was running. >> kwroerbgs they were awful. they were awful. there was all kinds of problems at that plant. it was dirty, one of his plants it turns out perhaps
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had never been inspected, and it really was disgust to go look at how they managed this product and worse was the string of e-mails where it was pretty clearly documented that they were aware that the batch of peanut butter tested positive for salmonella, they had it retested which you're not allowed to do under the law and then he said okay, ship it out. i mean, it's just outrageous and the house acted in a bipartisan way a year ago on legislation to try and correct this problem and the senate has yet to take it up. jon: that batch of peanut butter went out into the stores, into commerce, and little kids like jake got sick. >> you know, this waso this prompted the biggest recall in our nation's history, it involved 46 states, 691 individuals were documented with salmonella poison, our state epidemiologist in oregon says for every case reported there are 20 that go unreported, nine people died that we know of, and
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what happened here is they made the pace that went into other products, so you had nearly 4000 products recalled, 400 companies involved, all over the country. this company created an enormous, enormous, terrible problem for the lives of individuals and for many, many companies in the country as well. jon: congressman, very quickly, how is it that stuart parnell is back at work as a peanut company consultant? >> hey you know, ask eric holder, our u.s. attorney general in the justice department. i mean, i've read through a lot of the e-mails and all. it was pretty clear and convincing to me what took place there. why after nearly 18 months they haven't brought charges, i cannot explain. this is not swift and certain justice for anybody involved and that's really where we need to get to. jon: nine people died, hundreds of people were sickened, including little jake hurley. jake, this happened almost two years ago, i know that's almost half a lifetime for you, but do you remember
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being sick? >> no. jon: no? don't really remember it. but how are you feeling today, jake? >> good. jon: you playing around the playground and having fun at school and all that? >> no. [laughter] >> jon: well, at least you're not right now, you're sitting there with a neck tie on, behaving yourself, along with your dad, and it's great to see you and glad to know you recovered. jake hurley, peter hurley, congressman, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. jenna: pacific gas and electric now checking all of their gas lines after that deadly explosion in san bruno, california, practically wiping out an entire neighborhood. could something like this happen in your town? we have the story on that. also on the eve of middle east peace talks, more violence erupts. leland vitter is on the israel-gaza border. we're going to talk to him next.
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jenna: bottom of the hours, here's what's happening right now. we're tracking hurricane igor, the powerful category four tom now churninging in the atlantic and forecasters say it could strengthen to a cat five later today. we'll keep you updated on that. also check this out, a freight train derailed in hagar city, wisconsin, right near a local factory, firefighters evacuated several nearby homes as a precaution. authorities are assessing the situation but right now, thankfully, there doesn't appear to be any reports of injuries or hazardous materials spilling out of
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those containers. we'll keep you updated on that as well. jon: residents of san bruno, california are now reliving a nightmare in the northern part of that state, returning to the ashes that used to be their homes. this after that deadly gas explosion tore through the community last week. the huge fire ball consumed nearly 50 homes, killing at least four people in that small town near san francisco's airport. now, pacific gas and electric is going around checking all of its gas lines after the intense explosion and fire. could something like this happen in your town? how common are these gas lines? where are they? the executive director for pipeline safety trust karl wao*eupler joins us on the phone. first of all, we don't tperblly know of the cause of that accident, that pipeline explosion last week, do we? >> that's correct. i don't think the cause has been released yet and i'm not even sure they know how many are dead yet. jon: there are all kinds of mysteries around this one. how big a pipe was it, how old was it, that kind of thing? >> the pipeline that failed there in san bruno was a
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30-inch gas transmission pipeline and i've heard that it was about 60 years old. >> 60 years. it's my understanding that a lot of those older pipelines, and there are a lot of them in this country, do not generally contain or do not have an anticorrosion coating that a lot of the more modern pipelines get applied when they're installed. >> that's correct, a lot of the older pipelines are just steel pipelines in the ground, and these days, we have a fancy epoxy type coating we put on pipelines that helps protect from corrosion, and that technology wasn't available back then. jon: how do these companies check those lines? i mean, they can't dig up every pipeline, or should they? >> no, they have internal devices, computerized, they call them smart pigs they can run through the middle of these lines and those smart pigs can detect small anom mes -- anomalies, dents, corrosions on the lines themselves. jon: are they actively doing
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that, are these -- i mean, we have one snaking through my neighborhood. it's not a 30-inch but it's a 4-rbgs five, 6-inch pipe. are the companies checking them on a regular basis? >> yeah, up until 2002 there wasn't any requirement that they ever did those types of inspections but congress passed regulations in 2002 that does require it. unfortunately it only requires it on 7 percent of the 300,000 miles of those large transmission lines in this country. so you're noto if you're not in that 7 percent, you're kind of out of luck. jon: i think a lot of people obviously started paying a lot of attention to what may be underground after this explosion and fire last week. is there a resource they can go to -- go to to find out what lies near them. >> the federal government has put up a national pipeline mapping them and if you type that into google i'm sure it will come you and you can find out what kind of large pipelines there are in your general neighborhood. jon: some general warning
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signs we got from the fox brain room about what to do or how you can tell whether there might be a gas leak in your area, some of the warning signs include a hissing or whistling noise, obviously, coming up from underground, sometimes there may be water or dirt tossed in the air. we're told not to depend on your sense of smell, because not all of -- i guess not all of the natural gas has been treated with that mercaptan, the compound that gives natural gas its characteristic smell. >> the vast majority of the large trans-- transmission lines are not odorized so you can't count on smell but most are under such pressure, 500, 1000 pounds per square inch that if there's a break you're going to know it. jon: as they continue to try to figure out exactly what caused this thing, i think people are going to be paying a lot more attention, as i said, so what's underground. thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you. jon: a lot of resident necessary san bruno certainly have horror stories about that horrific
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explosion. we're seeing some of the frightening moments on amateur video. take a listen: >> all right, manual you're on your front balcony seeing that signed of a scene, looks like armageddon, doesn't it? in a few minutes we'll have the amazing story from the man who shot this video. he is relive that horrifying explosion that happened right in front of him. he had the presence of mind to turn on the camera. we'll be talking to him live, coming up. jenna: fox news alert no you -- for you now, an update on that venezuelan plane crash that we reported to you early this hour, this coming to us by way of reuters, it was in the eastern part of the country, 47 people were on board and according to a local official, again, reporting through reuters, or talking to reuters, 23 people survived that crash. we have very few details on it but again, a plane crash
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in venezuela, 47 people on board, the first report we're getting back is that 23 survived the crash. we'll keep you updated as we hear more. unrest in the mideast ahead of tomorrow's peace talks in egypt. palestinian militants fired rockets towards southern israel, all this adding to they tense events up ahead. leland vitter is live on the israel-gaza border. what's the feeling there? >> reporter: well, the cycle of violence is certainly increasing, jenna. so there's a pretty tense feeling. let me set the scene as the sunsets on the gaza border. in the past 24 hours, we've had six rockets fly out of the gaza border which is controlled by hamas, and it's 200 yards from where i'm at or esckalan. a lot of civilians live there, the israeli strikes have killed three and wounded at least two palestinians. this is clearly an attempt for hamas to try to regain relevancy.
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they didn't want peace talks, they certainly don't want a peace agreement,thy peace agreement would be a real threat to their existence. they promise to do anything possible to try to prevent peace and the israeli security services say now they're ready for bombing, they're ready for more shooting, they're ready for more rocket attacks and shootings on the west bank. you and i talked about it when hamas gunmen before the talks ambushed settlers, including a pregnant woman. jenna: we remember that story. quite dramatic, that was. legalland, we've talked about the settlement freeze. explain to us exactly what that is and what does today's news mean for that breeze going forward. >> reporter: about ten months ago, the israeli government agreed to stop building on the west bank which is territory to palestinians. that was designed to bring the palestinians to the negotiating table. the freeze expires september 26th, the palestinians have said that if the freeze is not
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extended, they're going to walk away. today israel proposed what you might call a freeze light. they said rather than building 20,000 new homes starting on september 26th, they're going to only build 2000 new homes. this isn't playing well with the palestinians who say what's the point of negotiating with a -- about a new state unless we can have the land to be on it. israelis say there's no way for them to politically continue this freeze. and jenna, obviously it's going to be top of mind come tomorrow in egypt when they sit down for the peace talks. jenna: we'll be waiting and watching for that, legalland vitter for us today, thank you. jon: well, did you have a nice summer vacation? congress is coming back from its summer recession today -- recess today and president obama wants its members to get to work, passing measures he says are needed to turn the economy around, but with capitol hill counting down to the midterm elections, can we expect to see anything get done? fox business network's pete you are barns live for us in washington of the sounds like, peter, the administration and republicans may be preparing to compromise on tax cuts.
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is that really a possibility? >> jon, the smart money here is betting on gridlock on tax cuts ahead of the midterm election, even though it sounds like the two sides are circling around a compromise, the treasury secretary saying this morning that the administration welcomes compromise sounding comments from the top house republican, the man who would be speaker, john boehner. >> if these republicans 19 what they say there's no reason to delay moving forward on tax relief for the middle class. >> but analysts here say watch the senate, where you need 60 votes to get pretty much anything done anymore. now, senate republicans appear very unified and dug in on stenning the bush tax cuts for everyone for at least some period of time, moreover, about half a dozen senate democrats also favor that plan. so right now, jon, the president does not appear to have the votes he needs to pass his proposals. look for a possible action
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on tax cuts in a lame duck session after the mid terms. jon. jon: two-months of gridlock. sounds great. peter barnes, thanks. jon: -- jenna: two years ago we saw the shocking collapse of lehman brothers. can it happen again and what can we learn from this disaster? we're going to be talking more about that. also the trial beginning for a man charged with a brutal triple murder in connecticut. harris faulkner is working this story at the breaking news desk. she'll report the latest information coming to you next.
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jon: new next hour, one of the american hikers detained in iran could soon be free on bail and there's word of her family's reaction. what their lawyer is reportedly telling officials in tehran. we're live with that story. two fire balls, spotted on jupiter. could this pose a threat to earth? we'll tell you what's going on in space and what it means for us. a judge rules that an aid group can hire and fire based on religion. how is that legal?
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rear live with the story, coming up. jenna: well, the trial of one man accused in a brutal triple murder begins in connecticut today. prosecutors say steven hayes was one of the two men who broke into the pettitte family home in suburban connecticut three years ago, the men are accused of brutally beating the father, dr. william pettitte, before killing his wife and his two young daughters. harris has been working this story from the breaking news desk. what do we know? >> reporter: this crime is so brutal. let me set the stage for you. steven hayes is on trial right now, both he and his accomplice, joshua camiserjetski, the prosecutor said we want the death penalty, we want a shot at that and here's why. the two men are burglar that is broke into the family, the pettitte family, they took the wife and two daughters, 17 and 11 years old, hostage, tieing up the doctor, the dad. they forced the wife to
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withdraw money from the bank and this is where it just gets brutal. hayes is aaccused of secy assaulting and strangling the wife, kimsetski is aaccused of sexually assaulting the 11-year-old, tieing the two daughters to the bed, tieing them to a bed and setting the house on fire. everybody else, the mom, the 11-year-old and the 17-year-old, perished in this. that's where prosecutors say they want a shot at the death penalty. in new haven superior court the first of the two men going to trial, 47-year-old steven hayes. i'll watch this closely and let you know the highlights out of the courtroom as they make this available. jenna: you can see why they want the death penalty on that one. you don't say that for a lot of stories, but thank you. jon: football fans know the new york jets like to talk of the game but now jets are accused of running off their mouths to a female reporter.
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it's controversy bubbling up in the nfl, straight ahead. a family is thrilled with their new purebred puppy, look at that little high, but the happiness is short-lived. jake is stolen from their back yard. well now, seven years and 450 miles later, jake is all grown up and he and his family are reunited, it's a strange, wonderful and very happy story, coming up next.
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jenna: here's a feel good story for you on this monday a. lost dog reunited with his owners after seven long years. jake joined the davis family back in 2003, look at him as a puppy. he was stolen from the back yard, though, in michigan when he was only six months
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old. of course, as the years went by, the family assumed they'd never see jake again, then last week they got a call from the animal shelter in kentucky, saying their dog had been found. joining us now is jake and his owner, brad davis. brad, it looks like you guys have become reacquainted. >> oh yeah, he's very content with his new surroundings, that's for sure. jenna: what did you think when you got that call? >> it was pretty amazing. it was the last thing i ever thought could happen with the dog and we got the causing and the next day, we were in the truck on the way down to pick him up. >> and how did they find you >> actually, he's got a microchip in him and they scanned him, and the number came up, and they contacted the aka, who took him to the microchip company, had our name, address and everything, and within ten minutes they knew he was our dog. jenna: brad, where exactly is that microchip located? >> it's located in his upper shoulder here on the left. and you can't feel it in the
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skin, you can't feel it, but it's pretty small and when they scan the wand over it, it pwaoeps and gives them a six digit number, then they contact aka, and from then, they give them the address, phone number, dog's name, everything. so they scanned the dog once, and it didn't come up and then she just happened to scan it again and it came up. jenna: when you went and you saw jake, i mean, you had last seen him when he was six months old, now he's a full-grown man dog, brad, he's a man dog. did he recognize you? yeah, you know, it was kind of funny, because when he came out, he looked as thin as he did when he left, of course, a little bigger, but i said his name, he came over, he sat down beside me and we played a little bit and talked to a while and i opened up the door of the truck and he jumped in and laid down like he was at home. jenna: that's great news. we're seeing photos there of your children with the dog, as well. your daughter had something interesting to say when you first told her that they had found jake, she said i always knew he was going to
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come back. do you -- did you think the same? >> you know, i thought he was gone for sure. i didn't think we would ever see him but we told the kids -- we didn't want to tell them he was taken from the home so we told the kids he was running in the woods with a deer and they believed that forever and then the girl at the shelter sent us a computer, we showed it to them the first thing from school and the first thing out of her mouth was i always knew he was coming home. jenna: did you give him a couple of milk bones? he's the most well behaved dog we've had on tv. >> he's definitely content, very mellow. whoever had him took very good care of him. as soon as he got home he was very content, jumped up in the bed with us that night to go to sleep. >> we don't get enough good news stories and we're glad to have yours. thank you very much and lots of love to you, your family and to jake, of course, as well. >> thank you very much, thanks for having us on, we appreciate it. jon: good to have you on.
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very cool dogs. jenna: a microchip. that's such a good idea. jon: i guess it's not that expensive to get it done. so if you love your dog, get a chip implanted. shock and awe outside their front window, a california couple's amazing video shows that deadly natural gas line explosion of last week. the man who captured these frightening images, he'll be here, live, "happening now".
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jon: let's get the second hour rolling. hello, i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm jenna lee. in san bruno, california folks struggling to put their lives back together after a deadly gas explosion ripped through their neighborhood. people returning to scorched and also damaged homes recalling the fear, and absolute horror they felt last thursday. >> my heart goes out to my neighbors and the lives lost. i'm really shocked at what i'm
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seeing right now. >> windows were crack, and i had a fireball in the front and melted blinds and everything. i grabbed the dog. i want kleenex. i know it's going to be emotional. and i know other people have suffered so much more. jenna: well, unfortunately many who escaped have absolutely nothing left. claudia could you and is reporting live in san bruno. claudia, it's difficult to comprehend the story. what was the reaction once some of these folks actually got home? >> reporter: well, you can imagine it was a lot of mixed demotion for people who went to homes that are basically intact in a neighborhood that has been literally torn apart after days of being displaced and wondering about their property residents are beginning to come back to a somewhat sense of nor malsee. in about 300 green-tagged homes
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behind me. 84 homes in the devastation area remainee evacuate sraeuted, they are too damage or unsafe to occupy or completely gone like this property. residents are being called upon by federal vetters to look around their property for what caused the fires. cell phones, could be important. there is a chain-link fence surrounds the blast and it has a tkraeuter -- kraeurt. it could be important too. >> we will be looking in there to see if there is any evidence of gas leaks or metal fragments, whatever we can ascertain that will help us determine the causement. >> reporter: life moving ahead will be difficult for many, but they say this community has never been tighter with neighbors hugging each other and reflecting on the four people who died, and the four others who are still unaccounted for. those who lost everything will be meeting in just about an hour with city officials to get put
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on a schedule for access to what is left of their property. general a they will be getting all kinds of assistance, including crisis counseling. back to you. jenna: that is good to hear. what about the investigation, claudia? what do we know about just what happened, and what they are going to do to prevent it from happening again? >> reporter: well, all of that is really just getting going. federal investigators have shipped a 28-foot section of that charred pipeline that ruptured and blew onto the street back to the ntsb labs in washington d.c. for further analysis. state regulators had classified that section of pipeline as high-risk because of its proximity to home homes. many residents say they didn't know the high pressure transmission line was there. they have also ordered pacific gas and electric to closely inspect its entire network of natural gas pipelines throughout the state. we are talking about 5,000 miles of lines there.
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an important note also, jenna, investigators say they have so far not been able to support claims that pacific gas and electric ignored complaints by neighbors who reportedly smelled gas in this area in the days and even weeks prior to thursday's explosion. jenna: thank you so much claudia could you and, on one of our top stories today, jon. jon: there is brand-new amateur video to show you this inferno, shot on a cellphone just moments after the massive blast shook that neighborhood. take a look. >> don't go, stay here. don't go. jon: that is absolutely chilling. walt they are macaffery who shot
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the video escaped with his wife and three children. they were finally allowed to return home just yesterday. luckily they found only minor damage to their home. we will be talking with walter who shot the footage a little bit later this hour. for all the latest on the san bruno gas blast log onto our website, it's available to you 24 hours a day, foxnews.com. congress is up against the clock right now with midterms looming and two big items left on the agenda. many voters to look to see what congress does about expiring tax cuts and spending bills as they make up their minds ahead of the election. shannon bream is live on capitol hill with more for us now. one of the big issues is that the bush tax cuts are supposed to expire at the end of the year. i guess you have a few development on that front? >> reporter: we do. as you know the president is urging that those tax cuts be extended only for the middle class. he's saying the top easterners, those above 200,000 as individuals and 250,000 as families don't need the tax
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cuts. a growing number of democrats in the house and senate say they are going to break with the president, they think the tax cuts should be extended for everyone. fox news has a draft letter from a number of house democrats set to go in the next couple of days. here is a portion of it and why they think tax cuts for all levels should be expended, quo quote. as 70% of our economy is driven by consumer spending this is not the time to jeopardize further growth. again that is a draft letter. the authors behind it are hoping to get more members to sign on board so when they take it to leadership they will have more voices added to the chorus, john. jon: we were talking to beater barnes about what is baggy to happen -- what was going to happen to congress in session. there are a lot of issues to take on and not a lot of time to tackle them between now and the midterm election. >> reporter: we have had a
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$30 billion small business people batted around in the senate. that's one of the first thing that they will take up. 12 funding pills they need to get to the president. can they get any or all of those done. there is a lot of controversy tied up in those. strategists say if democrats push too hard to get things done while they still have the majorities in the house and senate weeks away from the midterms it's possible that could backfire on them. here is gop strategist david winston. >> they risk looking like they are going to lose everything so they want to jam through inch popular policies. if they do that once again they are proving they don't understand what the agenda of the american people are and they look out of touch. >> reporter: the fact is with so much to get done here on capitol hill many of the members are much more concerned about being at home because many of them are in the political fights of their lives. they want to hold onto their seats so they can come back here and get more business done. a lot on a plate just weeks away
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from november 2nd, jon. jon: let's see what comes out of it all. shannon bream we know you'll be there to cover it. jenna: a battle over tax cuts sparking a major war of words between the white house and white house republican john boehner. gibbs has skepticism after john boehner said he could support the tax cuts. >> if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions i'll vote for them, but i've been making the point now for months that we need to extend all the current rates for all americans if we want to get our economy going again, and we want to get jobs in america. >> he represents the eight years that got us into this mess, cozy with lobbyists, tax cuts for the wealthy. letting big corporations in wall street decide what is best for the people. we tried that, meredith, it didn't work, it failed miss ra bee. jenna: bret baier is the anchor
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of kphegs report. he's joinings now. what do you make of this jousting, is this politics as usual? >> reporter: yes this is the white house trying to, a couple of things i think put minority leader john boehner up own a pedestrianess tal -- pedestal. spaoeblger john boehner gets some of the left very fired up because they see him as someone they don't want in that seat obviously. by talking about ties to lobbyists and insider washington, painting the picture that john boehner is that, it's possible -- it possibly fires up tea party members that may not want that as their top leader on the republican party side, and perhaps stirs up the republican pot. i think the white house is trying to do that. what minority leader john boehner has done by saying that, yes, if i'm only given the choice to vote on the 250,000 or less extending those tax cuts i'm going to vote on it but i
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think its wrong policy he's taken some of the steam out of republicans who are holding those hostage to talk to your tax cuts. jenna: the "wall street journal" had an interesting opp ed piece calling john boehner, dar darthboehner. if he does come back and compromise about tax cuts and not extending them to the wealthy, what is at risk for him and republicans if he does that? and if he does does he just completely get rid of the darth boehner that the white house is trying to create? >> reporter: i think we are making a lot out of this one statement that in reality when you look at the whole statement in context it is not that different from what the minority leader has said before. the biggest problem, perhaps, is for moderate democrats who now are lining up with a big list of them saying, you need to extend all of the tax cuts, even to the
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cop tier, those are folks like ben nelson of nebraska, joe lieberman, evan bayh, there is a list on the house side as well. i think you're going to see this fight over tax cuts be really engaged, whether it is john boehner as the focus of the white house ire, or someone else, it's going to be about whether they are going to get extended or not. jenna: brett you know we are come down to hang out with you tomorrow, right. >> reporter: you are, excellent. jenna: we are. we are going to do a split show, "happening now," half in d.c., half in new york i expect to get a few tips from you, maybe a special report. >> reporter: of course, you're welcome with open arms. jon: you're not going to take his seat are you. jenna: i would never take brett's seat ever. i did read something interesting about you over the weekend if i might really quick here. it was published i believe in the baltimore sun, the seat he bret baier occupies in fox' washington studio is one of the most influential in american
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life, a thought not lost on the boy i shall looking anchor. it was so complimentary, congratulations on that. i will not be taking your seat but i will see you tomorrow. >> reporter: we welcome you. see you then. jenna: we have a few guest line up for tomorrow. chris van hal land is the chair of the congressional campaign committee. also congressman mike pence the third highest republican in the house. jon: you're going to have a lot of homework to do. jenna: i have a full train ride to work through everything. jon: the imam who wants to build that mosque near ground zero in new york city says everything is on the table but he's blasting his critics who call the proposed sites hallow ground pointing out nearby strip joints and gambling parlors. the new york jets called out for unsportsmanlike conduct toward a female reporter. what she says happened on the field and in the locker room. most calcium supplements...
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jenna: this is fox news alert, a new wildfire tearing through northern colorado forcing hundreds of people from their homes. it all started yesterday and it's spreading fast. no rest for tpaoeu fighters, they have been busy, just as they tkpwa*eufpbd the upper hand on a huge wildfire near pwould der, this wildfire flares up 35 miles away. emotions running high for folks who are told to get their things and get out. >> i hope it stops. my home is on the top of the hill. >> they won't let us up. we called our neighbor, she got our dog and our cat, our horses were still up there. my dad went up and got our horses. i'm no excited. jenna: one home is already destroyed. the latest fire is only 10% contained and growing from a few acres to more than 600. we'll keep you updated as we hear more. jon: the national football league is investigating claims
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of harassment against the new york jets. a reporter for a mexican television network ines sanez says players threw football tph-s her direction and fess terd her with comments on -- pest terd her with comments on saturday. >> did you see any of this going on or hear anything going on. >> definitely the balls were thrown in her direction. the behavior on the field was almost store limited. in the locker room is really where the situation continued. there was hootering and hollering and catcalls within the locker room area. jon: she is not a regular reporter who covers the jets. she is a former miss america candidate who was reporting for a mexican newspaper. >> she attended everything that
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all the reporters had as well. >> that's what she was wearing that day. this photo is what she was wearing that day, the jeans and the white shirt. >> yes, that's what she was wearing on saturday. she didn't carry herself any differently than any other reporter, if anything she shyed from contact with the players when she was in the locker room. it was pretty out of hand behavior by the police officers, especially nose tackle chris jenning inches who was noticeably eyeing her and making phepbts to her from across the room. jon: you know not that i -- well females have been going into locker rooms after tkpweupls for a longtime now -- games for a longtime now. it was very controversial when it began. they ought to be used to this kind of thing in the nfl, right. >> the rules are the rules and female reporters can go in. it's almost a day lee battle in terms of what players will do to women, that is different treatment than they deliver to men. jon: is there something about the jets that you think encouraged this behavior that
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you saw? >> sure, i mean obviously team hard knocks, i'm not calling them team mad men, there is definitely a looser atmosphere than with a lot of teams. the public director had to speak with the team for the first time in his time with the jets about their behavior last night at a team meeting. that speaks to how the league, commissioner lodger -- roger goodell sailed he was disappointed and found it troubling the reports that came out. jon: the investigation is underway. what happens now? >> i think the nfl will interview players as well as coaches. i think dennis thurmon the coach who was troelg balls her way can be looked at pretty seriously. it can begin with a fine to more serious punishment. jon: thank you. we appreciate it. jenna: a waiting game for a young american woman imprisoned in iran.
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sarah shourd could be released any minute now. what her attorney is saying about her chance for freedom. jupiter takes a do you mean hit. fire balls bursting onto the planet. what could it tell us about the threat to earth from outer space? that story coming up.
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>> jon: "happening now" across the country in the top box the fbi says violent crime declined in 2009 for the third straight year. nonviolent crime dropped tproer the second consec kra tiff year. the family of kyron horman holds a fun razor for his 8th birthday. he disappeared in june after his step-mother dropped him off at school. bottom box lady gaga comes up the big winner at the mtv awards
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taking home eight awards including the best video of the year. jenna: groups that want to hire and fire based on religious views winning a big victory in group. a group called world vision getting the okay to require its employees be christian. dan springer is live in seattle with this story, dan. >> reporter: yeah, hi, jenna, a three-judge panel of the ninth circuit court of appeals ruled that humanitarian agencies, even ones not affiliated with a particular denomination can discriminate against christians with views. the company fired three employees after managers found out the workers no longer believed in the trinity. they say it violated the rights under the 1964 world rights acts. world vision says they are a religious organization and when the three employees started missing prayer meet eugs inks and chapel services it hurt their abilities to help those in
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needs. >> our faith drives is a primary note sraeuting factor for our work. it cannot be and should not be compromised. >> reporter: the three fired workers sued based on the argument that world vision is essentially an aid group that provides secular services, in other words, they don't proselitize, they treat people with all religious faith or even people who lack faith. they said world vision while officially nonprofit is a billion dollars organization that receives $300 million a year from the federal government. >> if world vision wants to discriminate in hiring and firing based on religion then it should not be receiving federal dollars. 25% of its income is from the federal government, from the public. >> reporter: as you can imagine this case has been watched closely by humanitarian groups around the country. they are calling this a huge victory. but it may not be a complete victory because the three plaintiffs say they will ask the full ninth circuit court of appeals to weigh in on the manner. jenna: interesting the story is
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not over. dan springer, thank you so much. jon: we have been showing you this incredible home video of the deadly natural gas explosion in california. now the man who took that video will join us to tell us what it was like to witness that inferno. also the financial collapse felt round the world. two years after lehman brothers filed for bankruptcy we'll talk with a former vice president about what led to the company's demise and the lessons learned if any. plus, remember this? if the name is bond, james bond, the car is an as tin mart -- astin martin. a piece of movie history goes on the auction block. you want it? we'll give you an up close look. the car is here. we'll have it next. diabetes testing? what else is new?
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buildings and one home so far but no injuries are reported ground, abdul rauf speaking in new york today and eric shawn has more. >> reporter: it's not sacred ground along the 2imam rauf, he spoke about the site where he wants to build the so-called ground zero mosque, rauf appeared for an hour at the prestigious council on foreign relations in new york city, during that time he defended the controversial and contentious plan, he did, though, say that backers are working on a solution that he said would resolve the crisis and diffuse it but didn't say exactly what that would be. when asked if he would delay or stop the project he said all options are on the table and he did dispute the emotional importance of that site. >> first of all, this is absolutely disingenuous, as
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many have said, that that block is hallowed ground with parlors, betting joints, to claim it's hallowed ground. it's hallowed ground in one sense but it doesn't add. so let's clarify that misperception. >> reporter: it appears the landing gear that slammed into the world trade center did hit the building's roof and body parts landed several hundred feet away from that building. as for the possibility of moving the mosque as many critics have demanded the imam's phaoeuf tka*eusy khan seemed reluctant to answer that when i caught up with her. >> why won't you just move the mosque? what do you think -- why do you think there's a big controversy over moving the mosque? what's your view of -- look at the media and america watching, what's your sense? >> we need time to make the
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right decision for everyone. >> does that mean you may move the mosque or may consider it. >> as i have said, we will make the right decision, we would appreciate you if you could give us the time, thank you. >> reporter: while her husband has been selectively speaking out on this issue the council for foreign metals -- relations were able to ask questions but reporters were not given access to him, in fact, when he came time for him to leave the council on foreign relations, not the i-- took the imam right out the back door. back to you jenna: a developing story, thank you very much. jon: happening right now in iran, the lawyer for an american woman held there says her family is having trouble raising a half a million dollars in bail. they're appealing for authorities to lower the amount or just drop it all together. amy kellogg has spent a lot of time reporting from iran, she's live in london for us right now. do we think this release of sarah shorud is going to happen soon? >> reporter: we do but we don't want to be let down
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about this again because she was supposed to be released on saturday, a time and place had been set for that. now, we did speak to the lawyer in tehran a short while ago. he doesn't know about the situation vis-a-vis dropping that bail. the last we know is that iran is demanding half a million dollars for her release and some people are asking why, if she is going to be allowed ultimately to return to the united states to seek medical treatment iran is asking for that bail money. in any event, she is one of the three young american hikers who family members say were picked up when they were in iraqi, kurdistan last summer, iran has accused them of being spies now. it's been a really bumpy ride for them, beyond the fact that they've been in detention for a year, plus they had this very emotional reunion with their family last spring if iran and a lot of folks thought maybe that was the time she would be released and sarah was supposed to be released on saturday and president ahmadinejad intervened and in a humanitarian gesture,
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iran's judiciary said that was not all sorted out legally and a lot of people, jon, are saying this reflects a power struggle between president ahmadinejad and some of the harder liners within his government. jon: i guess a lot of people think she hasn't been released, the delay is because there is this power struggle, all kinds of fractures within the iranian government. can you talk about that? >> reporter: we've been hearing more and more about that but another interesting development today, jon, is that within the last couple of days, the number two iranian diplomat resigned in protest. that makes him the third high profile diplomat from the islamic republic to resign since the disputed electricals. he spoke out today: >> we want to show that how much the iranian reticence is to stand into the face of those -- [inaudible] >> -- crazy government, ama ahmadinejad is not anymore
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the iranian leader and he doesn't possess iran anymore >> reporter: jon, i spoke to mr. alizadeh last night and he believes that the majority of iranians working in the foreign ministry feel the same way he does, so there's the sense in the hard line ranks and there's also clearly a lot of the sense in the foreign ministry which tends to be a more moderate wing of the government but it's a quite interesting situation to follow now very closely, jon. jon skwrao*pbd some very courageous people giving voice to that dissent. that's amazing. thank you very much, that's amy kellogg live in london. jenna: two years ago this week, the collapse of lehman brothers sent shock waves throughout the financial world, the full impact of lehman's failure offering valuable lessons to keep history from repeating itself, or is it? that's a question. larry mcdonald is author of the book, a khrol osual failure of common sense, the inside story of the class of lehman brothers. larry, you say that collapse, which actually happened a few days from
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now, but it of the same weekend coming out two years ago that we knew something was going on. you say capitalism changed forever. how so? >> well, the bankruptcy was such a big bankruptcy, our regulators worldwide allowed leman to become a deadly, deadly domino, and when it fell, it hurt so many people watching us right now. i mean, credit lines were slashed on credit cards, 401ks became 201 conforms, the dow lost 4000 points right after lehman failed, and the problem was is we weren't prepared, hank paulsen and the treasury didn't understand how much risk was in the bounty and when it fell it hurt so many people watching it. jenna: but some of that team as well is tim geithner, he was also part of that team, as you mentioned, ben bernanke as well, so we still have some of the same guys in power to look at financial regulation, you've seen the bailouts, you've seen the regulatory bills. are we actually safer than where we were when lehman brothers collapsed? >> well, we have had this new bill, the dodd-frank
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bill, it's a good step forward. it took two years to get it out but over the weekend we had initiatives in bastille, switzerland which were progressive as well but the legislation doesn't come into effect in 2013, '14, '15. the real enforcement is down the road so we are exposed for at least the next couple of years. jenna: a money question, because we see head face necessary this market, the stock market has done well in the last two or three weeks or so but it hasn't recovered really since lehman brothers collapsed. is the worst behind us? >> i've been on a global lecture tour and the keynote speaking, and the question is what have we learned, why isn't the economy recovering, and the reason is the economy still has visual damage from the failure, that slowly but surely we'll overcome. jenna: how long? >> over the next 6-9 months at least. jenna: that's when the residue will eek out of the system. >> well, the banks have to start lending again. after lehman brothers, they
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stopped trusting each other and slowly and surely banks will begin lend to go small businesses. jenna: we have a time frame, that's something we can think about, rather than several years ago. thank you very much, larry. >> good to be here, thanks. jon: a fox news alert, jenna, and there has been some kind of white powdery substance found on the floor in the chamber of the house of representatives in that building there, the u.s. capitol building. originally, there was talk of an evacuation. we understand the building -- has not been evacuated, however, three floors have been closed off, we've been told, three levels of the house wing. the area around the rotunda has been closed because of this white powder found on the floor of the u.s. house of representatives. we'll get more information for you, bring you the very latest. it could be something as simple as, you know, a cleaning powder, could, something else. we'll get on it and bring you the latest. jenna: up next, astounding up close images of a deadly
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gas explosion in california. take a look. >> there are new -- there are new developments on the situation out there. we're going to have live details and a live report from the neighborhood, coming up. astron meres catching an amazing sight for the first time, what happens when fire balls smash into jupiter and is earth in danger? we have that coming up.
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jon: it felt like an earthquake and looked like the worst wildfire ever recorded. our next guest didn't know what to think when he shot this amazing video on his iphone of the gas explosion in san bruno, california. >> the man who shot that
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footage, walter mccaffrey, joins us on the phone. walter, you had just gotten home from work, you're changing clothes, right, and how did you know something was wrong outside? >> i was sitting on the edge of the food, and i just heard this winding noise, and then a blast, and i fell to the ground, and then i just ran downstairs and i was looking out of my desk and i could just see this big fire ball. jon: the concussion of the explosion knocked you down? >> oh yeah. i'm sure it did a lot of neighbors, too. jon: and you thought it was a jet that crashed, i guess? >> that was my initial thought, because the initial sound that it made, it sounded like a jet taking off, then just the blast. jon: so you actually went outside, out on to your deck? >> yes, i did. i wanted to see what was
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going on. i wanted to check on my neighbors and i looked over and i just saw my neighbors, running up the street, and i was trying to yell out. i'm sure they couldn't hear me and i couldn't hear them because the noise was just deafening. jon: so you brought your dog in, your poor dog is on the deck terrified? >> yes, he was. i was yelling for him, and he was just looking at this fire ball and i had to grab him by the collar and grow him -- throw him in the house and trying to get ahold of 911 and my wife at the same time. and i got ahold of my wife and i was just yelling at her to just stay home and don't try to come here, don't try to get me, i'm fine, and -- >> jon: and you tried to even turn off your garden hose hoping to, i guess, what, hose down your house? >> no, i was hope to go hose down my neighbor's house because i saw his roof was catching on fire. i went after the hose, i was trying to turn on the hose.
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everything was hot. and the water was out. so i was trying to yell down, my father guy -- i couldn't turn on the water, and i ran out to check on my other neighbors in the front and everybody -- it was chaotic. luckily the fire crews were there already. jon: and i know that you got back to your house on sunday, yesterday, and found it still standing. >> yes. everything is just minor damages, everything else is fine. it's just a lot of the windows were cracked, and the blinds were already melted from the heat. jon: wow. >> and most of the -- jon: well, you shot amizing footage, thank you for sharing it with us and the world. glad you're okay and your family is okay, walter, thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you. jenna: what an incredible story and had the fortitude to actually take a video. jon: said he just got his
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iphone a couple of weeks ago and took those pictures. jenna: amazing. we thank him for his perspective on that. a story we'll hear more about in the coming weeks. hurricane igor is pack ago powerful punch as it comes our way. we'll bring you the latest forecast on that. plus james bond drove it and now you can own it, the most famous car in the world outside our studio, fans of oo7 will know it right away.
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jon: you think things are bad here? be glad you're not living on jupiter these days. a couple of fire balls lit up the sky on jupiter this summer, putting on quite a
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show. astronomers have taken these incredible pictures, the first time telescopes on earth spotted relatively small objects burning up in jupiter's atmosphere, what do they mean for us? michio kaku is a physicists professor and host of sci-fi science, physics of the impossible. what are we seeing there, those fire balls? >> this was a great week for asteroid hunters! last wednesday, not one but two asteroids threw right by the earth, first time in history and now for the first time in history, to vully verify two small impacts from jupiter, there's a lot of this in space. jon: several asteroids are not the one that -- that passed the earth were not by jupiter. >> they came within the moon, outside the limit of our satellites, that's how close they came, about 50 feet across, about 1 million pounds of rock. jon: what would have happened if they had actually hit earth's atmosphere?
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>> it would have caused a spectacular display as it burned up, disintegrated into meteorites. if it was bigger like twice as big, then perhaps there would have been a city buster, enough to take out a huge portion of new york city. jon: pretty close call you're saying. >> pretty close call, however it would have burned up and not caused too much of damage but it makes you a little nervous knowing there's a lot of rocks out there. jon: you're saying that jupiter is actually doing us a favor. >> the good news is that jupiter is a vacuum cleaner. without jupiter, there's been a huge crater here at fox news studios because the meteor would have impacted on the earth. jon: because jupiter is such a huge planet its gravitational pull sucks a lot oftis debris in. >> but even then, there's a lot of junk out there and believe it or not, we scientists were caught flat footed, amateurs were the ones who detected these things, not nasa satellites, astronomers with giant telescopes, amateurs spotted these things. >> and nobody knew they were flying by the earth in a
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relatively close path? >> we were caught with our pants down, we had three warnings of the asteroids that whizzed by the earth last wednesday and that's why i said, we should have a satellite, an early warning system, an insurance policy for the planet earth but we don't have one. jon: so all right, let's say you find out that a rock the size of an apartment building is headed for earth. what are you going to do about it? >> right now you can't do anything. forget bruce willis and armageddon, you're not going to spend the shuttle, it's been canceled and it can't even reach to that distance, anyway, but at least it would give you warning that perhaps something was coming by, it would give us a warning rather than one day warning, when is what we get now. jon: everybody sends your thank you cards to jupiter, i guess. michio kaku, thank you. all right. looking for a getaway car? does this thing really come with an ejector seat? can it really launch on oil slick? james bond's austin martin going on the auction block
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and it's right outside our stewed oefplt there 14e is -- there she is. good ne, i ju jenna, phones home!
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jenna: that's our new theme music, i like it, "happening now" theme music. james bond faced some of the worst villians out there but he had a pretty cool car. take a look at this: they just don't make them like that anymore, a 1964 aston martin db-5, the actual car that james bond, aka sean connery was driving.
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this car could be our viewers' if they want it. how much will they pay for it? >> we're expecting $5 million, plus, in london, but this is the first time the cars ever been offered to the public. >> where has it been? >> it's been in a private direction for over 40 years by the man who bought it from the factory in 1969. jon: it's my understanding he paid $9000 for it? >> not quite that much of a bargain. it was $12,000. jon: so if i could give him 24,000, he'd make money, right? >> i don't think he's taking that today! jenna: there are so many cool things about this car. if you want to, you can show us a couple of things. let us know what works in this car if you're a james bond wannabee. >> the first thing to understand, the car is totally original, it's unrestored, so it's absolutely as it was in thunder ball, and so all of the gadgets that worked in the movie remain in tact and still function. jenna: including the ejector seat?
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>> the ejector seat was the only thing that was a studio effect only, although we do have a removeable roof panel. jon: i've got the di -- dineo plastic stick-on tape that shows the buttons for the oil flick? >> go over there, showas couple of things that work here. >> the car -- it all starts with the control panel under the arm rest, and we've got -- i'll show you. jon: let's -- take this mic. >> here's the switch for the nail spreaders, the oil slick, the smoke screen, the machine gun. jen i want to see the machine gun. >> the overrider ramming devices. jenna: john, can you show us the machine gun? >> absolutely, if you're ready for machine guns, here they come, and we can make the number plate spin around for different countries. jenna: those don't really shoot bullets, do they? >> of course if you want to take a look at the back of
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the car, it comes in very handy. i wish i had one of these myself, is the bullet-proof shield. jenna: yes, the bullet proof shield, never know when you might need one of those. jon: you're sitting here on a public street in manhattan, the bullet-proof shield could come in handy. >> last but not least, what really comes in handy, wish i had one of these in my car is the ejector seat button for your passenger. jon: ah! >> depending upon the state of argument at any given time and of course, we also have the radar honing device. jenna: john, why don't you step out of the car and tell us, have you actually driven the car? >> i have driven the car. the car runs, it's a 30,000-mile original car, you could go get groceries in it if you'd like. jenna: do you think the person that's going to buy this is going to go get groceries in the james bond car? >> i don't think so. we've gotten interest from all corners. the car is making its